2011 World Materials Summit

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The 2011 World Materials Summit provided a forum for the world’s key decision makers and energy experts to focus on the materials research needs for our emerging energy economy. This Summit marked the third in a series of international summits sponsored between the Materials Research Society (MRS), the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) and the Chinese Materials Research Society (C-MRS). As with the prior Summits held in Lisbon, Portugal and Suzhou, China, this was an invitation-only gathering of world renown technical experts and policymakers, assembled to assess and document the global research and innovation needs, develop policies, and outline the future of advanced energy materials  

We invite you to view a full report on the 2011 World Materials Summit from the MRS Bulletin.


Increasing the penetration of renewable energy

  • Secure and develop the worldwide electrical smart grid
  • Address lifecycle and sustainability energy technologies
  • Understand the clean water and energy relationship for advanced and advancing countries
  • Educate the future energy technology workforce worldwide  

Student Congress

The 2011 World Materials Summit hosted the inaugural Student Congress, a program for active graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in fields directly related to energy and environmental science, engineering and/or policy. Using a competitive application process, 50 participants from around the world—the best and the brightest next-generation scientists, engineers and leaders—were selected to join the Summit and work alongside today’s energy experts.

Background Reading
All Student Congress participants were asked to review the information on this page in preparation for the Summit activities. 

Meeting Chairs

Gabriel Crean – Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, France
David Ginley – National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
Yafang Han – Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, China
Alan J. Hurd – Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

Funded in part by: 

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 Aldrich Materials Science   Dow 
  American Elements v2   European Science Foundation, Materials Committee  


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